Cataract FAQs

At Bradley J. Phillips MD LLC, we believe that our patients deserve the best treatment for eye diseases, including cataracts. Our ophthalmologist in Somerset is here to answer all of your questions about cataracts and provide care if needed.

Cataract FAQs

What are Cataracts?

Cataracts are a common condition that causes the lens of your eye to become cloudy or opaque. This can make it difficult to see clearly. Cataracts usually develop slowly and painlessly and can eventually lead to blindness if not treated.

What are the Symptoms of Cataracts?

Symptoms of cataracts include:

  • Blurry or hazy vision
  • Colors that seem faded
  • Glare or halos around lights
  • Poor night vision
  • Double vision in one eye
  • Frequent prescription changes for your glasses or contact lenses

When Should I See an Eye Doctor?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of cataracts, it's important to see an eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam. Only an eye doctor can diagnose cataracts and determine if surgery is necessary. Some people might not require surgery or treatment unless their cataracts continue to impair their vision.

What Causes Cataracts?

Cataracts usually occur as a result of aging. However, they can also be caused by trauma to the eye, certain medical conditions, or prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light. While there is no specific cause for cataracts, certain conditions can put you at risk of developing cataracts, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Previous eye surgery

How are Cataracts Diagnosed?

Cataracts are diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. During the exam, the ophthalmologist will use a special magnifying lens to examine your eyes. We may also use a light beam to shine into your eyes to get a better look at the lens. After the exam, Dr. Phillips will be able to tell if you have cataracts and how severe they are. We will also recommend treatment options if necessary.

Will I Need Eye Surgery?

Cataracts are typically treated with surgery. During surgery, the cloudy lens is removed and replaced with a clear artificial lens. Most people who have cataract surgery experience improved vision afterward.

Will My Cataracts Return?

Cataracts can't grow back, but you can develop new cataracts in the future. This is why it's important to see an eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams.

Get Help From Our Ophthalmologist in Somerset, NJ

At Bradley J. Phillips MD LLC, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible care for their eye health. If you have questions about cataracts or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (732) 249-6101.

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